During this period of uncertainty and with many of us self-isolating and in lock-down, some of our clients have been asking questions about COVID-19 in relation to their pet and also how to manage their mental and physical wellbeing. We have pulled together this guide which we hope you’ll find useful.
KEEPING YOUR PET HAPPY AND HEALTHY
With our movement currently restricted, you may also be wondering how to keep on top of your pet’s usual routine and health needs. Here are a few things to consider that may help to keep your dog or cat happy and healthy during this unsettling time.
If your pet has prescribed long-term medication and you are concerned about obtaining this, perhaps ask a friend or relative to help. If you are concerned about repeat prescriptions for your pet, please call us for advice. In most cases, we are able to continue to provide a supply of medication which we are monitoring on a daily basis.
Ensure you have a reasonable amount of your pet’s favourite healthy treats and usual diet at home and plan ahead if at all possible. If you usually obtain this from your veterinary practice, please call ahead to check opening hours and availability of stock. Please be mindful not to stock pile and to only buy what you need.
With the current requirement to stay at home, you may be in a situation where you are unable to take your pet outside to the toilet, especially if you live in an apartment with no secure garden. You may want to invest in a litter tray for them to use or try grabbing their usual lead and poop bag and direct them to the desired spot to let them know that it’s ‘business as usual’.
Exercising your dog during periods of self-isolation
You may be wondering how you are going to be able to exercise your dog if you are unable to leave your home. There are many ways that you can keep your pet active whilst at home and keeping them mentally exercised will help to balance this.
Looking after your pet’s mental health
As well as looking out for our own mental wellbeing, it’s also important to keep an eye on your pet’s behaviour and look out for signs of anxiety. Our guide to supporting your pet’s mental health may give you some ideas about how to keep them calm and happy.
We all know it’s not healthy for our pets to be overweight and in extreme circumstances like these, it could be easy to fall into bad habits by giving your pet extra treats or naughty snacks. Click here for our advice on how to keep your pet at a healthy weight whilst in isolation.
As a group of practices, we are committed to delivering exceptional care to your pets despite these unprecedented times. The health and wellbeing of our patients, clients and staff is our number one priority. We are taking precautions to reduce the spread of COVID-19 and to protect our clients and dedicated staff.
If you have any concerns about your pet’s health, please give us a call on 01384 252509. Please ensure you call us or read our latest guidelines in case of an emergency.
Last updated 31st March 2020.